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‘This is Happening’ in Upwork’s Colourful, Freelance-Powered World

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Fast-paced comedy films were created by Duncan Channon and directed by Magnus Härdner

‘This is Happening’ in Upwork’s Colourful, Freelance-Powered World
Duncan Channon has launched a new creative campaign for the world’s largest freelancing website Upwork - the first since the company’s IPO in October 2018. 

The campaign titled ‘This is Happening’ has fun with an experience familiar to those in corporate America: the “oh shit, how am I going to get this done?” moment when an ambitious goal or project lands on our desk. In a colourful, quirky world that’s hip to Upwork’s freelance platform, managers in three TV spots transform this fleeting anxiety into the thrill of making things happen - thanks of course, to skilled freelancers easily found on Upwork. The creative aims to raise awareness of the ability to hire freelancers online as Upwork seeks to disrupt traditional hiring models that can be too slow for the modern pace of business. 

“After ‘Hey World’ got people’s attention by tapping pop culture and figures like President Trump and The Rock to introduce Upwork, we wanted to make the new creative relatable to people who might not yet be thinking about the ways that freelancers can help them with their own business challenges,” said Michael Lemme, chief creative officer, Duncan Channon. “The pace and style of the new work reflects Upwork’s view that businesses need to move fast and think in new ways, and they’re propelled by the colourful, quirky, capable human beings that help us get stuff done.”

The campaign launches at a time when the 56M person freelance workforce is contributing a record number of hours to the American economy – 1 billion hours weekly. Corporate interest in sourcing top freelance talent online is also growing. 30 percent of the Fortune 500 now use Upwork, up 10 percent since the “Hey World” campaign launched in January 2018. McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2025, talent platforms could add $2.7 trillion, or nearly 2 percent, to global Gross Domestic Product. As the way work gets done evolves, “This is Happening” humorously reminds companies that skilled freelance talent is just a few clicks away from helping them solve their business challenges. 

“Companies are struggling to attract talent at a time when they need to make things happen faster than ever. At the same time, the ability to access professionals online can provide these businesses with help faster than ever, presenting a huge opportunity for them to get their work done,” said Rich Pearson, SVP of Marketing, Upwork. “That’s why we’re excited to launch this new campaign with Duncan Channon. It shows how the freelancers working via Upwork are empowering businesses and conveys the thrill of accomplishing big things.”

The campaign, which includes TV and radio, launches January 15th in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. Upwork’s AOR Duncan Channon handled creative and media buying.
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Post Production / VFX

Flame Artists: Matt Trivan

Colourist: Dave Hussey

Motion Designer: Tom Yaniv

Telecine: Company 3 LA

Online: Jogger Studios

Colour Producer: Gabriel Wakeman

Production Company

Production Company: B-Reel Films

Director: Magnus Härdner

Producer: David Wolfson

DOP: Simon Rudholm

Production Designer: Victoria Resendez

Stylist: Amy Tran

1st AD: Garrett Freberg

CEO : Pelle Nilsson

Managing Director: Michael McQuhae


Sound Company: Squeak E Clean

Sound Engineer: Andy Greenberg

Audio Mix: One Union

Executive Producer: Jaylen Smith


Music : Purple Moons appears courtesy of Marmoset Music


Edit Company: Cut + Run SF

Editor: Pete Koob

Edit Assistant: Stefan Manz

Producer: Jess Manning

Executive Producer: Deanne Mehling

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Duncan Channon

Creative Director: Michael Lemme

Art Director: Steve Couture

Copywriter: Rick Herrera

Director, Account Management: Jamie Katz

Account Director: Nick Gustafson

Senior Account Manager: Sydney McComas

Associate Account Manager: Mary Beth Carroll

Communications Planning Director: Leslie Diard | Emily McCormick – Associate director, communications planning

Communications Planner: Steven Jackson

Senior Broadcast Producer: Keenan Hemje, Rita Channon

Senior Project Manager: Rosheila Robles

Associate Producer: Emily Sarale

Strategy Director: Kelleen Peckham

Communications Planning Supervisor: Kurt Garvey

Communications Planning Associate: Olivia Alley


Advertiser: Upwork

Clients: Rich Pearson – Senior vice president, marketing | Shoshana Deutschkron – Vice president of communications and brand | Kevin Bechtel – Director of brand marketing | Jonathan Cofer – Executive creative director

Genres: Comedy, People, Storytelling

Categories: Recruitment, Business Services

Duncan Channon, Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:35:02 GMT